Turkey was eliminated from the event by a buzzer beater from Spain's Anna Cruz in a 64-62 loss. Spain scored 12 of the game's final 14 points. Alba Torrens found Cruz after the guard's buzzer beater and hugged her. It was one of the biggest shots women's basketball in Spain. Cruz's runner capped an exciting rally to help Spain advance to the semifinals by eliminating Turkey 64-62. "Not just for the way we won, but what this game means for Spain," Torrens said. "Never have been in the semifinals of the Olympic Games. This team believes. So it's something amazing for us." Officials immediately ruled Cruz's shot good, though the play was reviewed.
Spain coach Lucas Mondelo watched as the referee announced the basket counted, then turned to celebrate with his players. "I was lucky that it got in," Cruz said. "I love this kind of shots when they get in. Sometimes the ball goes in, other times it doesn't." Spain scored 12 of the final 14 points with Cruz scoring three of the final four baskets. Cruz finished with 14 points as leading scorer Torrens who was held to six - well below her average of 18.6 points in Rio. Turkey appeared in control, leading 60-52 with 3:44 left. Instead, Spain will play Serbia, a surprise 73-71 winner over Australia, today for a spot in the gold medal game.
The game appeared headed for overtime when Lara Sanders' layup tied it at 60 with 4 seconds left. Instead, it set the stage for Cruz. Sanders, who played at North Carolina and was then known as LaToya Pringle, finished with 22 points for Turkey. She was disappointed how some of her teammates' careers will end with the gut-wrenching loss. Nevriye Yılmaz, 36, is retiring now that Turkey is out of the tournament. "It's heartbreaking to see their faces after the game," Sanders said. Meanwhile Turkish wrestler Cenk Ildem won bronze medal in the 98kg at the Rio Games.
HERE ARE THE OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO OLYMPICS
- Santiago Lange, a cancer survivor and six-time Olympian, and crewmember Cecilia Carranza Saroli won the first Olympic gold medal in the Nacra 17 mixed catamaran class at the sailing regatta.
- Cuban Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo fought in the red corner for Azerbaijan against his fellow Cuban light-welterweight Yasniel Toledo. and won the quarter-final on a unanimous points decision to be sure of at least a bronze.
- Lightweight Robson Conceicao won Brazil's first Olympic boxing gold medal, delighting a frenzied home crowd with a clear unanimous decision over France's Sofiane Oumiha.
- Omar McLeod picked up a gold medal in the Olympic 110-meter hurdles, winning Jamaica's first title in the event.
- Georgia's Lasha Talakhadze grabbed Olympic gold in the men's +105kg weightlifting competition with a world record, lifting a combined total of 473kg.